After the Monstrosity in Morgantowntm, Maryland is looking for a better result against a team ranked one spot higher in this week's AP Poll. Here are three things to look for in Maryland's Big Ten opener against Michigan.
This game won't be as high-scoring as last week
The Terps got off to the worst start possible against West Virginia, and immediately got behind the eight ball to begin the game. This Michigan offense isn't as explosive as the Mountaineers', so that should keep Maryland in the game, at least for a little while. The 19 mile-per-hour winds at game time should keep the scoring down as well. I don't think Michigan will score more than 30 points.
Maryland will allow at least two sacks
Terrapins' offensive line allowed its first three sacks of the season last week, they face another tough challenge in MIchigan's defensive line. The Wolverines rank seventh in the country in defensive line havoc rate, and ninth in the country in overal havoc rate, which takes into account how many tackles for loss, sacks, forced fumbles and defensed passes the group has accumulated. This spells trouble for Maryland's offensive line- and for its quarterbacks.
Daxx Garman will not make an appearance
After going 4-for-9 with a in a brief appearance last week, Garman has at least piqued our interests, and many fans were calling for him to start this week. However, Randy Edsall seems to want to stay committed to Caleb Rowe, and putting Garman in for the second straight week would only serve to undermine that commitment. As long as it remains a 20, 25-point game, expect Rowe to stay under center.